All this month we’re looking at apps kids are using that they don’t want their parents to see. Websites can be just as dangerous as they can access your child’s location, information on their computer, will allow them to talk to strangers and broadcast worldwide from their bedroom. YouNow.com allows anyone to broadcast live from anywhere and at anytime. The vast majority are innocent enough; teenagers who sing and ministers answering questions from curious teenagers about relationship, religion and sexuality. but there’s some crude and offensive remarks in the chat windows.
YouNow has strict policies against cyberbullying and pornography, and users can report broadcasters who break the rules. YouNow also has filters that flag words and human beings who monitor the broadcasts, but many parents will find it unsettling that teenagers are broadcasting from their bedrooms.
Stranger Meetup is just what it says. It connects with the user’s Google or Facebook account so it can get all of that information. There’s an age restriction of 18, but like with most all other anonymous sites, it’s impossible to enforce.
AskFM is an app and website where users post anonymously. Banned in some areas after being linked to cyberbullying and suicides. AskFM has increased security in the last year using filters and human being to monitor the conversations.
Some social network Websites are filled with pornography. These include Reddit and Tumblr; sites that sem okay on the surface, but porn is easy to find and there are no filters to keep kids from seeing it.
What can parents do? There are a number of software programs that will block websites not just on their computer but on the home network, and if you want to be sneaky you can use these sites anonymity to your advantage, and open an account yourself.